This sweet Muslim teen romance with dual narrators begins with the author's voice vowing faithfulness to her characters' (fictional) journals, pieced together for the audiobook. Priya Ayyar gives American Zayneb an upbeat, strident tone that is distinctly teenaged. Her anger sparks at the Islamophobia she faces everywhere. Tim Chiou voices Canadian expat Adam in a calm, melancholy voice that contrasts with Zayneb's. As they get to know each other during their spring break in Doha, Qatar, both narrators move deftly between young love and shocked angst when private dramas flare up. An argument brings back the author's voice when their accounts diverge. The writing and performances will charm listeners, leaving them with more understanding of Islam, chronic illness, love, and war. S.T.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2019]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9781508295372 $19.99
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